Monthly Archives: February 2010


High bridges, low bridges … Color bridges, sepia bridges … Boats under bridges, people on bridges … Does this sound like a Dr. Seuss story? Nope, it’s a new set in Flickr Commons!

Joining the 8 other sets in the Gerald Williams Commons collection, this new set will make a little dizzy and others feel like heading out & onto the roads to explore the wonderful bridges Oregon has to offer!

Two new archival items now available in ScholarsArchive!

Eyes to the Future is a 1949 publication of addresses given at the 75th anniversary of OSU in 1943.

The Golden Jubilee basketball program is a souvenir basketball program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the men’s basketball at Oregon State in 1951. It includes information about the “new” Coliseum and the history of Oregon State basketball. The cover of this program will be scanned and added to Best of the Archives.

Connecting to Collections

Connecting to Collections site live!

And hiring a project manager …

In 2006, the Heritage Health Index identified millions of items in the nation’s museums, libraries and other cultural institutions that were in danger due to neglect, poor environmental conditions, lack of training, and other causes. As a result of the findings, the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services made funds available to states wanting to develop plans that combat for these heritage collections.

The Oregon Museums Association, on behalf of a collaboration of Oregon museums, libraries and other cultural institutions, is spearheading the Oregon preservation training planning effort. This website contains information about the grant.

Want to learn more? Check it out!

Happy Commonsversary to us!

We’re no longer babes in Flickr Commons! February 14th, 2009 seems like ages ago – and I can say that we’ve learned a lot, interacted a lot, winced a lot, and smiled a lot in the last year. Want to see all the OSU Archives images in Flickr Commons?

To celebrate, we rolled out the big SmartBoard and played a slideshow in the lobby of the Valley Library, looping through all we have to offer … Though not all the people reading this blog are in Corvallis — or within walking, running, biking, bus riding, driving, flying distance.

Want to read the “tribute” to our first year on the Flickr Commons user blog? Read the indicommons post, which sums up our first year, our mission, and all the things that make us so delightfully unique!

And, for those of you who want to see the slideshow yourself, check out our photostream and click the “Slideshow” link.

But that’s not all! We have a whole second account full of historic and contemporary photos!

We’re ready for another great year, one with lots of fun photos and feedback from all of you.

  • Have an idea for a set? Let us know.
  • Have some thoughts on the kinds of photos you’d like to see us add? Let us know.
  • Have some inside information or experiences you want to share? Let us know.

OSU Olympians: the Flickr set

Guess what? OSU has had quite a few guys & gals vying for those sparkling medals…

This set is just a sampling of images of the athletes that we celebrate.

Want to know more? The OSU Athletics site has put together this list of Olympians, which shows us all the students, as of January 2010, who participated in the Olympics – going back to gold medal winner Forrest Smithson in 1908!

Watch for it Wednesday?

Just when you thought you knew our pattern — we go on & change it! This month, in honor of our 1st anniversary as a Commons member, we’re releasing a new set each week. And, of course, we’re beginning where we began and adding some fabulous pictures to our Flickr Commons Williams Collection

What treasures will you find this week? Workers, logs, trains, bridges – oh my! Yes, it’s a set dedicated to “Railroads and Trains” in the Gerald Williams Collection.

Loading logs in Clatskanie, cruising through Cow Creek Canon, standing on the tracks near Seaside, traveling a trestle through the timber belt … This set is full of beautiful black & whites, as well as full color postcards from the Williams Collection. And who can resist the visual proof for the “Highest piling bridge in the world, P.R. & N. Railroad” or the “Donkey engine in the Willamette Valley”? And for those of us in the mid-Willamette Valley, check out the “Oregon Electric train passing through Albany, Oregon”!

Answering the question: who uses the Commons?

We’re coming up on our 1 year anniversary as a Flickr Commons member, which means a little celebrating and a little reflecting. Sitting in my mailbox (the real one) was a copy of the Northwest Sportsman magazine for February 2010. The issue featured an image from the Gerald Williams Collection and a great write-up about the photo. Had we not been a Commons member — and had the editor not found our image via Google — would we have reached this new audience?

Archival Podcasts

Can’t get enough of historical research? Living history? Thinking about times past? This list was pulled together for the Society of American Archivists’ Reference, Access and Outreach Section newsletter.

Podcasts are audio broadcasts delivered via an RSS feed or through a website. You can listen to them on your computer, or you can listen to them on a digital audio player, such as an iPod or a Zune. There are usually presented in episode format and are published on a regular basis. There are two primary types of archival podcasts: podcasts that contain digitized audio material from their collections and podcasts of new material that are created by archives in order to promote materials, talk about events, and other similar things. Often, both of these types of podcasts are combined.

Here is a short list of archival podcasts that are available online.

  • Presidential Libraries Uncovered: A podcast from the National Archives and Records Administration which takes recorded audio of presidents from Hoover through Clinton talking about major policy initiatives, giving major speeches, or talking informally with friends and advisors. Recent episodes include Nixon talking about his 1972 trip to China, John F. Kennedy creating the Peace Corps, and Lyndon B. Johnson talking about his Great Society.
  • The Virtual Gramophone: Podcast from the Library and Archives of Canada which features digitized recordings of 78-rpm records and wax cylinders from their collections.
  • Podcasts from the Los Alamos Historical Society: A podcast from the Los Alamos Historical Society which primarily focuses on the Manhattan Project, nuclear technology, the Cold War, and (surprisingly enough) ranching.
  • Collections Up Close: A podcast from the Minnesota Historical Society which “tells the stories behind selected items in the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections.”
  • Podcasts from the National Archives of the United Kingdom: This podcast “features a mix of lectures from top academics specifically aimed at pupils alongside radio-style investigations of historical topics using primary documents from the National Archives read by actors.”
  • Kansas Memory Podcast: This podcast features the stories of people from Kansas, both famous and not, as told through their letters, diaries, and other documents.
  • What Endures…: his podcast from the LSU Libraries Special Collections T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History features updates on Center projects and activities as well as featuring audio excerpts from their collections.

What would you like to hear?